Lucas Digne was handed more attacking freedom by Carlo Ancelotti in Everton’s 3-2 win over Fulham on Sunday.
The Frenchman reverted to a wing back role and picked up two assists, laying on goals for Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Abdoulaye Doucoure.
Former Everton goalkeeper Nigel Martyn praised the former Barcelona man during an exclusive interview the day after that Craven Cottage win.
Digne’s delivery from the left flank was mentioned, along with the way he adjusted to his new role in the five-man backline Ancelotti deployed.
“He likes the freedom as well,” said Martyn. “Going forward, he gives you real quality. The ball he puts in for Doucoure’s header was sumptuous, pure quality on it.
“Right into the area you want it and it’s almost ‘try and miss that if you can!’ The delivery was sumptuous. His left foot is like a wand, and I guess we’re used to that after Leighton Baines.
“It was a good goal, a really good goal. I was very pleased with Everton going forward.
“Digne seems to fit into that role because he can do both. He’s got a great engine.
“He’s got great quality going forward and he’s got a defensive mind as well. He’s a left back so he’s got that defensive mindset.
“He knows where he should be in a back four, so in a back five he knows what his job is going to be. You don’t want your wing backs pushed back too often during a game.
“The job for Allan and Doucoure is to cover if both wing backs go forward and if that’s wide, so be it.”
Digne has been an outstanding signing since his arrival in 2018, and as Martyn said, he can do both sides of the game demanded of a modern full back.
The weekend tactical switch gave him even more freedom to bomb on but his defensive nous also means Everton shouldn’t get exposed down his side.
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